senate Bill S3608

Relates to thermal paper receipts containing bisphenol-A

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  • 07 / Feb / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

Summary

Relates to thermal paper receipts containing bisphenol-A.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S3608
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §37-0503, add §37-0508, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S4903

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BILL NUMBER:S3608

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in
relation to prohibiting the use of thermal paper receipts or cash
receipt paper containing bisphenol-A

PURPOSE: To expand current law to prohibit the manufacturing, selling or
offering for sale or to distribute any thermal receipt paper or cash
register paper that contains bisphenol-A.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill defines thermal receipt paper and cash
register paper as well as prohibits anyone from manufacturing, selling
or offering for sale or to distribute any paper for recording or trans-
actions that contains bisphenol-A.

JUSTIFICATION: Bisphenol-A (BPA) is an endocrine disruptor that mimics
the hormone estrogen and is linked to breast cancer, early onset of
puberty, obesity and prostate cancer. It also affects male reproductive
systems.

New York residents are regularly exposed to EPA in cash register
receipts used by major retailers, grocery stores, gas stations and bank
ATM's. Retail workers carry an average of 30% more BPA in their bodies
than other adults. BPA on thermal paper isn't chemically bound since it
is a powdery film on the surface of receipts. The BPA coating easily
rubs off onto fingers and then potentially onto food and can also pene-
trate the skin.

Cash receipts with BPA regularly become part of the paper recycling
stream, thus adding BPA to 95% of dollar bills as well as to paper
towels and other consumer paper products.

This potentially damaging source of BPA cannot be allowed to remain in
the marketplace, where everyone is being exposed unknowingly.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S. 4903 Environmental Conservation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill shall take effect on October 1, 2015.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3608

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 7, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  MARCELLINO  -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conser-
  vation

AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
  prohibiting  the  use  of thermal paper receipts or cash receipt paper
  containing bisphenol-A

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Section 37-0503 of the environmental conservation law, as
added by chapter 280 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows:
S 37-0503. Definitions.
  As used in this title[,]:
  1. "child care product" means  all  pacifiers  and  unfilled  beverage
containers to be used by children under three years old for the consump-
tion  of  liquids  including pacifiers, baby bottles, baby bottle liners
and cups, cup lids, straws and sippy cups.
  2. "THERMAL RECEIPT PAPER" OR "CASH RECEIPT  PAPER"  MEANS  ANY  PAPER
THAT  IS  USED  BY  A COMMERCIAL ENTITY TO ISSUE A MECHANICALLY PRODUCED
RECORD OF A COMMERCIAL TRANSACTION.
  S 2. The environmental conservation law is amended  by  adding  a  new
section 37-0508 to read as follows:
S 37-0508. THERMAL RECEIPT PAPER.
  NO  PERSON  SHALL  MANUFACTURE,  SELL, OFFER FOR SALE OR DISTRIBUTE IN
THIS STATE ANY  THERMAL  RECEIPT  PAPER  OR  CASH  REGISTER  PAPER  THAT
CONTAINS BISPHENOL-A.
  S  3. This act shall take effect October 1, 2015. Effective immediate-
ly, the addition, amendment and/or repeal  of  any  rule  or  regulation
necessary  for  the  implementation of this act on its effective date is
authorized to be made on or before such date.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08395-01-3

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